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Published In: Bulletin Mensuel de la Société Linnéenne de Paris 2: 1309. 1897. (Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Paris) Name publication detailView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/10/2009)
Acceptance : Accepted
Taxon Profile     (Last Modified On 11/4/2013)
Distribution: Endemic to Madagascar
Lifeform/Habit: Shrub
Vegetation Formation: Forest
Bioclimate: Dry
Elevation: 0-499 m
Provinces: Antsiranana, Mahajanga, Toliara
All protected areas and other important sites (update in progress): Analamerana, Ankarana, Bemaraha, Tsingy de Namoroka, Zombitsy-Vohibasia
New Protected areas and other sites (update in progress): Ambohitr'Antsingy / Montagne des Français
Notes: This species is characterized by its somewhat slender, apparently at least sometimes deciduous habit with the flowers and leaves clustered at the ends of lateral short-stems borne on sylleptic long-shoots; its triangular aristate stipules; its thin-textured, elliptic-ovate leaves with well developed pilosulous domatia and often a cordate base; its subsessile, fasciculate, several-flowered cymes; its pedicellate, five-merous flowers with well developed somewhat foliaceous calyx lobes; its hypocrateriform white corollas; its exserted stamens and fusiform stigmas that are shortly bilobed at the apex; and its rather small subglobose fruits. It has been collected at least sometimes on tsingy limestone. The petioles that are not articulated and the five-merous flowers indicate that this species may not be correctly classified in Ixora, but no other genus placement has yet been proposed; the classification of this species is currently under study by P. De Block (BR; pers. comm., Oct. 2013). Ixora malacophylla has flowers that resemble Tarenna, and is also similar in general aspect to species of Triainolepis, which has plurilocular ovaries and three or more stigmas.




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